Summary of “How Cultural Differences Shape Your Gratitude”

“Gratitude is literally one of the few things that can measurably change people’s lives,” writes pioneering researcher Robert Emmons in his book Thanks! His studies suggest that gratitude can improve our health and relationships-making it one of the most well-studied and effective ways to increase our well-being in life.
The findings tell us something about a fundamental human experience-appreciating the kind things that other people do for us-and they offer insights into how we can spread gratitude around a diverse world.
The different ways we say thanks Advertisement X. Jonathan Tudge, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is perhaps the foremost expert on cultural differences in gratitude.
Last year, Tudge and his colleagues published a series of studies examining how gratitude develops in children across seven very different countries: the United States, Brazil, Guatemala, Turkey, Russia, China, and South Korea.
Overall, children in China and South Korea tended to favor connective gratitude, while kids in the United States leaned toward concrete gratitude.
We’ve looked at how children and adults in different societies naturally develop and express gratitude.
Another complication is that those few experiments all asked people to write gratitude letters, which simply might not be the ideal way to show gratitude in all cultures.
Continuing to study cultures beyond the United States-ones that acknowledge just how much our lives are enriched by our interdependence with others-may help us get at this deeper and more complex understanding of gratitude.

The orginal article.